And are the participants athletes? Football, Baseball, Basketball & Hockey - Sports Football - Athletes but some kickers might not be athletes Baseball - Former Philadelphia Philly John "I am not a" Kruk once said "I ain't no athlete, hell, I'm a baseball player." David Wells is a Fat Tub of Goo but he once pitched a perfect game while suffering from a hangover. Basketball - You are gasping for breath before the first quarter is over if you're not an athlete. Hockey - Even though they have a puck instead of a ball it is a sport and they are definately athletes. Bowling - Uses a ball so it is a sport. Participants train with multiple 12 ounce curls with the beer bottle of their choice to get in shape. Boxing- I have a problem with the "Sweet Science" because the outcome of so many bouts are the result of the judges decision but they are athletes. Figure Skating - Athletic skill required but winners and losers determined by predjudiced judges. Synchonized Swimming - Same as Figure Skating Tennis - A sport with great athletes. Professional Bass Fishing - See Bowling but without a ball Extreme Sports - Great athletic skills required along with a suicidal mindset. Chess - I only included chess because I once saw a story in Sports Illustrated about chess. Not a sport - players not athletes. A quadreplegic could be a better chess player than a winner of the marathon or decathlon Golf - Uses a ball so it is a sport. Tiger Woods is an athlete but John Daly is a drunken Fat Tub of Goo and he has won 2 majors. Poker - Since they showed the World Series of Poker on ESPN they must consider it a sport but I don't. BUT - You gotta have balls to play for the kind of money they do. Bicycling - Lance Armstrong might be the greatest athlete in the world even if his doctors took his balls off. Hunting - Sport or not? Depends on whether you go out and stalk Bambi, Donald or Daffy or Bugs on your own or if you pay big bucks to a professional guide to drive your prey into a can't miss shot. Auto Racing - No ball involved but the wheels are round. Takes great eye - hand - foot coordinatation to be competitive. Not Athletes - Great video game players have those "motor skills" too. Swimming - Gotta be a great athlete to win. Diving - Takes balls to do flips off the high board but results determined by judges decision - Not a Sport Weight Lifting - Whoever lifts the most weight wins - A Sport Wrestling - No doubt that The Rock is a great athlete but Stone Cold Steve Austin is looking a little soft these days and how about 50 year old guys like Hulk Hogan and Rick Flair who are still doing it? Gymnastics - Great athletes but winners and losers are still determined by judges - Not a Sport. Saltwater Fishing - Not only a sport but those of us who regularly make the grueling 3 + hour drive from Baton Rouge to the Gulf Coast in conditions that are sometimes so foggy that you can't see 3 feet beyond the windshield to stalk the wily Speckled Trout and Redfish are the Greatest athletes in the world. I had to hire 2 personal trainers just to keep in shape. Bud Weiser keeps me tuned and sharp with his regimen of 12 ounce curls and without Jack Daniels making me get out of a warm bed at 3 AM I would never make it.